Oriental, or Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of diagnosis and treatment to correct imbalances in Qi (pronounced chee) or vital energy, which flows through median pathways in the body. For more than 2,000 years Chinese Medicine practitioners have stimulated points along the pathways to restore energy flow and encourage healing. Acupuncture uses very fine, sterilized, disposable needles gently inserted in the body at specific points along Qi pathways.
NorthShore acupuncturists may also use acupressure or laser acupuncture, which can be used either to augment traditional acupuncture or used instead of needles for young children or those who prefer needle-less treatments. Gentle electrical stimulation may also be applied to acupuncture needles to fortify the treatment.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a variety of conditions.
Research continues to uncover the physiologic effects of acupuncture, acupressure and quijong and their ability to reduce pain by stimulating endorphin production, boost immune function and promote relaxation.
View photos of various oriental medicine and acupuncture techniques being performed by our specialists.
Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture Specialists
- Nicole Hohmann, MS, Dipl.OM, L.Ac., FABORM
- Edgar Lim, MS, BS, Dipl.OM., L.Ac., ACI, NMT, NSCA-PT
- Patricia Piant, MSTOM, Dipl.Om, L.Ac.
- David Vavrinchik, MSTOM, Dipl.Om, L.Ac.
- Rena Zaid, MS, Dipl.Ac, L.Ac.